26 08 17

If you’ve never heard of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you’re missing out. This Wyoming location is near Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and several gorgeous lakes and rivers. The outdoor activities in and around Jackson Hole are the perfect ways to end your 2017. Visit in fall or winter to enjoy this gorgeous scenery; there’s always something to do, no matter the season.

Hike in Yellowstone

Yellowstone has some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country. There’s a reason it’s so famous, after all. Many of the hiking trails are perfect for doing in a day. Pack a light backpack with a snack, wear your hiking shoes, and get ready to see breathtaking sights like waterfalls, creeks, and canyons. Lava Creek Trail, Fairy Falls Trail, and Elephant Back Loop Trail are just a few of the many majestic hikes you can take in Yellowstone. Honestly, you could fill up an entire Jackson Hole trip just at Yellowstone.

Tour Grand Teton National Park

Some of the best Grand Teton National Park tours happen via boat. These floating tours take you right by the gorgeous mountains, and a tour guide gives you information about the rock formations and Wyoming. Bring your camera in a waterproof case, because you’re definitely going to want to snap pictures of all the picturesque views you encounter.

Experience the Old West

You can get a taste of what life was like in the Old West by visiting several venues in Jackson Hole. Try a Bar T-5 cookout tour, which will take you into the wilderness in a covered wagon drawn by horses. The wagon takes you to a camp where delicious food is being prepared. You can also visit the Jackson Hole Playhouse, where you get to enjoy a performance while you’re eating.

Raft on Snake River

Take a whitewater rafting trip down Snake River. Sit on the edges of the raft and paddle your way through churning water, or sit in the middle and hold on tight. You’ll experience adrenaline rushes as you ride through this bubbling river. You can go in spring and fall when the weather is chillier, but be sure you have a quick way back to your Jackson Hole hotel, so you can run a warm bath and relax after such an adventure.

See Elk at the National Elk Refuge

It’s no surprise that you can see Elk at National Elk Refuge. You can also see other gorgeous animals like bison, swans, eagles, and wolves. The refuge has specific spots where you can look at the wildlife, especially so you can take some beautiful pictures. Be sure to stop and do some of the educational opportunities to learn more about Wyoming’s wildlife.

Don’t let the rest of this year pass without a visit to Jackson Hole. Be prepared, because once you visit, you’ll want to return every year for this gorgeous piece of the American landscape. Whether you love water activities, wildlife, or mountains, Jackson Hole has picturesque scenery that’s going to delight and amaze you.

10 07 17

ritish specialist engineering services provider TP Group is embarking on a fundraising to build up a £23.9m war-chest as it eyes acquisition targets in the defence, aerospace and government sectors.

The Aim-listed company, which supplies oxygen generating systems for Royal Navy submarines, unveiled plans to issue 368,044,411 new ordinary shares at a price of 6.5p apiece. Some £20m will be raised through a firm placing and approximately £3.9m by an offer offer.

Most of the money raised will be used to finance an ambitious acquisition programme, while the remaining funds will be used to fund investment opportunities in the existing business.

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TP Group’s shares have surged 66pc since November. Data source: Bloomberg

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Directors of the Hampshire-based business has already identified 20 potential acquisition opportunities and entered discussions with ten. It aims to announce its first purchase in the second half of this year.

All takeover targets will be earnings enhancing in the first year following the acquisition and help TP achieve annual revenues in the range of £90m-£100m by 2020.

Chief executive Phil Cartmell said the strong support from shareholders represents “a clear validation of the significant progress TP Group has made over the last two years”, having acquired business and won sizable contracts – including a framework contract with the Ministry of Defence which has a potential value of up to £22.5m.

He added: “The Board firmly believes the defence, aerospace and government sectors offer scope to accelerate our growth and the strengthening of our balance sheet will enable management to work quickly to consolidate what we believe to be highly fragmented markets.”

In 2016, TP, which has a market cap of £30.6m, recorded its first profitable year and made a number of management changes, including the appointment of Derren Stroud as chief financial officer.

Since hitting a nadir in November last year, shares have surged by more than 65pc, bolstered by the acquisitions of ALS Technologies and Flexible Software Solutions in February and contract wins.

10 07 17

Carillion shares plummeted by more than 35pc in early trading as the support services group said its overall performance was expected to be below previous expectations and that it had parted ways with its chief executive.

Carillion said that Richard Howson had stepped down as chief executive after two years in the job, although he is to stay with the company for up to a year to support the transition.

Keith Cochrane has been appointed interim chief executive while the search begins for a permanent successor.

It comes as the FTSE 250 company warned that full-year revenues would be lower than expected amid “difficult” markets and withdrawals from certain territories.

Carillion, which maintains railways, roads and military bases, said it was beginning a “comprehensive review of the business and capital structure”.

It has left the construction markets in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and said it is only undertaking future construction work “on a highly selective basis”.

“Despite making progress against the strategic priorities we set out in our 2016 results announcement in March, average net borrowing has increased above the level we expected, which means that we will no longer be able to meet our target of reducing leverage for the full year,” said Philip Green, non-executive chairman.

“We have therefore concluded that we must take immediate action to accelerate the reduction in average net borrowing and are announcing a comprehensive programme of measures to address that, aimed at generating significant cashflow in the short-term.”

In December, Carillion said the pace of work had slowed in the second half of 2016 partly because of a pause in work from the Government following the vote to leave the EU.